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Presenter: Simon Offord and 3 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: San Jose, CA

Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Airport
1471 North 4th Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 408-452-0200

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 3:00 pm

Identifying, Classifying and Locating Easements 
S. Offord

   What is and is not an easement
   Reviewing state law on easements
   Creating easements: judicially created vs. express easements
   Identifying critical distinctions between easements
   Maintaining easements
   How easements may be terminated
   Obstructing use of easements and determining remedies for obstruction

Understanding Utility Easements and Rights of Way 
J. Widman

   Current law on utility rights of way
      • Federal laws and regulations
      • State laws and regulations
   Types of utilities affected
      • Electric, water, natural gas, telecommunications, satellite communications
   Basis for and definition of the easement
   Encroachments and interferences
   Environmental issues
   Condemnation law
   Current issues involving utility easements

Eminent Domain Overview 
A. Turner

   Power of eminent domain
   Requirements to acquire private property by eminent domain
   Typical eminent domain proceeding-- determination of “just compensation”
   What happens after the action is commenced and defendants served?
   Typical litigation
   Take Issues
      • Full take
      • Part take
   Loss of goodwill

Defining Trespass and Adverse Possession 
R. Wintle

   Defining trespass
   Reviewing the history of adverse possession in California
   Maintaining a claim for adverse possession
   Statute of limitations
   Elements of a claim
   Defending against a claim for adverse possession

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyors
  • Landmen

California Attorneys
     5.0 CLE Hours

Professional Engineers and
Land Surveyors
     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

     5.0 AAPL CEUs

     5.0 AIA LU|HSW

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. The State Bar of California has approved HalfMoon Education as an MCLE sponsor, and this program offers 5.0 CLE hours to attorneys and paralegals.

This program offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to California engineers and land surveyors. Continuing education is not required for license maintenance in California. Those seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state continuing education rules to determine eligibility.

The American Association of Professional Landmen has accredited this seminar for 5.0 RL, RPL, or CPL recertification credits, which includes no CPL/ESA or ethics credits.

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to California architects. The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved it for 5.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Simon Offord

Partner at Brewer Offord & Pederson, LLP

Mr. Offord has a long-standing passion for real estate, having practiced exclusively in real estate law for his entire career. His practice focuses on easement and neighbor disputes; residential real estate transactions and disputes; representation of real estate agents, brokers and their clients; and commercial real estate matters, including leasing issues, purchases and disputes. Mr. Offord has successfully litigated several cases to verdict, including multiple property line, easement and adverse possession cases, partition actions, failure to disclose cases and commercial lease disputes. He has tried both federal and state cases, as well as jury trials. Mr. Offord is an experienced and thoughtful litigator who focuses on obtaining the best results for his clients by adapting to the unique circumstances of each case. He has close ties to the real estate community that he has developed and curated over the years. Mr. Offord is regularly asked to be a speaker for many of the Bay Area real estate organizations, including SILVAR, SCCAOR and SAMCAR, as well as several local brokerages. In total, Mr. Offord has done in excess of 100 speaking engagements, in which he advises real estate agents on an array of topics, ranging from disclosure best practices, understanding typical real estate purchase agreements, dispute resolution and many other topics. He is a former member of the SILVAR Board of Directors, a former chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Barrister’s Committee and an active member of SILVAR, SCCAOR and the Sierra North Valley Realtors. Mr. Offord has also provided continuing education courses to other attorneys on multiple topics, most notably easement issues and neighbor disputes.

Andrew Turner

Attorney at Turner Law

Mr. Turner’s primary area of practice is in the field of eminent domain and inverse condemnation litigation. He has litigated eminent domain matters throughout Northern California. His practice consists primarily of defending landowners and business owners against various governmental agencies in eminent domain actions. He is a frequent speaker at eminent domain conferences and meetings.

Jeffrey Widman

Founder of the Law Offices of Jeffrey P. Widman

Mr. Widman, the founding attorney of the Law Offices of Jeffrey P. Widman, received his law degree from Harvard Law School - having previously gained a Ph.D. degree from Yale and an A.B. degree from Harvard. He is AV® Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®, an attorney ranking website that is recognized nationwide. From complex real estate issues to business law disputes, clients trust his firm to represent them with tenacity and sophistication. Mr. Widman’s dedication to providing exceptional and attentive service to his clients is just one of the many attributes of excellence which distinguishes the Law Offices of Jeffrey P. Widman and which has clients returning to the firm for their commercial real estate, personal real estate, litigation and business law needs. Mr. Widman upholds the highest standards of professional and personal ethics, and he is highly respected by former clients and other attorneys. He has extensive experience bringing cases to trial.

Roger Wintle

Partner at the Heritage Law Group, PC

Mr. Wintle is a founding shareholder of the Heritage Law Group, P.C., and he has over 35 years of experience. He received his undergraduate education from San Jose State University and advanced degrees from the University of North Dakota and the University of Bridgeport. He received his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1982. Mr. Wintle began his legal career in Dallas, Texas, in 1982, where he was an associate and later a partner with Shank, Irwin & Conant. He moved to California in 1989 where he joined the San Jose law firm of Ferrari, Alvarez, Olsen & Ottoboni, first as an associate and later as a partner. In 1995, Mr. Wintle and Terence Kane formed the law firm of Wintle & Kane, LLP and that firm subsequently merged with the Heritage Law Group, P.C., in 2003. As a partner in the Heritage Law Group, Mr. Wintle expanded his practice to include business formation, general counsel services, intellectual property litigation, and general litigation. Mr. Wintle has practiced in numerous areas of the law including, real estate, intellectual property, business formation and general counsel services, construction, environmental laws, commercial and residential lease drafting and review, and litigation with regard to most of these areas. He is an expert negotiator who uses his cordial nature and easy-going attitude to work closely with opposing counsel to find resolution to his client’s legal problems. He is a successful trial attorney but nevertheless works hard to settle his cases before trial. As a former teacher, Mr. Wintle educates his clients so that they can be realistic with their expectations and have a clear understanding of the litigation process and its costs, both financial and emotional. He is well respected and admired among clients and opposing counsel.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.